High Jump Victories Lead Solid Outing for Track and Field at Texas A&M Invitational

ROLLTIDEDOTCOM Senior Amethyst Holmes was second in the weight throw with a toss of 63 feet, 2 ¼ inches.
Senior Amethyst Holmes was second in the weight throw with a toss of 63 feet, 2 ¼ inches.

Feb. 11, 2012

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Strong performances in the field events highlighted action for Alabama track and field athletes before a crowd of 2,083 on Saturday at the Texas A&M Invitational held at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium. Crimson Tide athletes won the high jump in both the men's and women's divisions to highlight the day for Alabama.

"I'm happy with where our athletes are in the process," said head coach Dan Waters. "They continue to make changes and continue to improve. They are doing what their coaches ask of them."

Alabama senior Tyler Campbellwon the men's high jump with a clearance of 7 feet, ¼ inch (2.14 meters), Campbell's first victory of the 2012 indoor season and his fourth consecutive event this season in which he has cleared at least 7 feet.

In the women's high jump, junior Krystle Schadecleared 5 feet, 8 ½ inches (1.74m) to win the event ahead of Texas A&M's Chelsea Utley. Schade and Utley both cleared 5-8 ½, but Schade won the event due to fewer misses in the competition overall. It marks the fourth time in four meets that Schade has placed first in the high jump, even though Saturday's clearance was Schade's lowest winning mark of the 2012 indoor season.

Elsewhere, seniors Amethyst Holmes and Angelica Howard placed second and third, respectively, for Alabama in the women's weight throw. Holmes was second with a toss of 63 feet, 2 ¼ inches (19.26m) while Howard was third with a throw of 62-6 ½ (19.06m). In the women's pole vault, freshman Alexis Paineset a personal best with a clearance of 12 feet, 10 inches (3.91m) while finishing in a tie for third place.

The men's triple jump saw Alabama athletes finish third and fourth overall. Sophomore Warrick Campbell was third with a leap of 48-0 ¾ (14.65m) with Jonathan Reid fourth at 48-0 (14.63m). In the women's triple jump, sophomore Chloe Hethertonplaced fifth with a leap of 39-1 (11.91m). That was Hetherton's best mark this season, eclipsing a jump of 38-2 at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener on January 14 in Birmingham.

In the men's 1,000 meters, senior Gary Bradbury placed fifth in a time of 2 minutes, 29.90 seconds. Alabama junior Elsbeth Denton was fifth in the women's 1,000 in a time of 2:57.05. Alabama garnered two top-5 finishes by Crimson Tide athletes in the women's mile run. Senior Leigh Gilmore took fourth place in a time of 4 minutes, 54.72 seconds while junior Katlyn Willwas fifth in a time of 4:56.65. Gilmore's performance was just .02 off of her personal best.

The highlight of the day on the track was in the sprints as both the men's and women's sprinters posted significant improvements in personal bests in the 200-meter dashes in both divisions. In the men's 200, sophomore Dwayne Extol ran a 2012 indoor team-best 21.22 to place fourth, an improvement of his PR by almost .40 of a second. Alabama sophomore Dushane Farrier was sixth in 21.53, shaving .28 off his previous best PR of 21.81. In the women's 200, junior Camilla Armstead ran 24.50, just a shade off of her PR of 24.49 set earlier this season, while freshman Sarah Thomas improved her PR by more than .50 with a time of 24.80.